Professor Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka

Chief of Staff and Special Adviser to the President, African Development Bank

Professor Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka

Chief of Staff and Special Adviser to the President, African Development Bank

Biography

Professor Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka is currently the Special Adviser on Industrialization to the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) where he is coordinating the establishment of Agro-Industrial Processing Zones and Industrial Policy in several African countries.

He served at a very high level within the United Nations (UN) system for 20 years, his last positions been Director, Regional Office for Africa, Chief Scientific Advisor, UN-HABITAT, and Director Monitoring & Research Division. He provided intellectual leadership for the UN-HABITAT flagship reports: “State of the World Cities Report” and the “Global Report on Human Settlements”. He introduced the “City Prosperity Index”, a monitoring metric for city performance now used in over 400 cities globally. He was Senior Economic Adviser, UN Centre on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva where he coordinated the ten-year review of performance of Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering and Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Chemical Engineering.

Professor Oyelaran-Oyeyinka holds a Bachelor of Science (first class honours) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Master’s in Chemical engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, and Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in the Political Economy of Technological Change and Industrialization, University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

At the 11th Bola Tinubu Colloquium, he will be sharing ‘An Insight into Funding National Industrialisation Programmes and Ideas around the Special Production and Processing Centres’.